Marijuana grow business catches fire twice; second fire destroys warehouse

A Marijuana grow operation in Southeast Portland caught fire twice overnight. The first time was Tuesday evening, the second time was early Wednesday morning. The second fire destroyed the business's storage and office warehouse building. Photo courtesy Portland Police Bureau 

PORTLAND, Ore. – A southeast Portland marijuana grow operation’s office caught fire twice overnight. The second fire destroyed the warehouse on the property.

Firefighters initially responded to a report of a fire at the Green Planet Dispensary warehouse in the 6100 block of Southeast 111th Avenue Tuesday night around 6:45 p.m.

That call turned out to be a faulty exhaust fan in the bathroom that caught fire. Firefighters got a handle on it quickly, and turned the business back over to the owner.

Then, at 1:27 a.m., Portland Fire and Rescue responded to the same business for a report of another fire in the same building. This time, flames were shooting through the roof, destroying the warehouse. Only some charred interior walls are still standing.

Now investigators have to determine if the two fires are related.

"Obviously re-kindle is always a question we want to know for ourselves if there is anything we could've done or should've done differently, but then we have to do our due diligence for the occupants in the business owners and make sure there wasn't anything nefarious going on," said Cpt. Louisa Jones of Portland Fire and Rescue.

The grow operation which is housed in a warehouse next door was not damaged, just the office and storage area.

Firefighters said they were challenged because they had to lay down the hose from out on the street, about a football field’s length away from the fire. Plus, they had to deal with nearby high-tension power lines. So, they couldn’t get water on an entire section of the building at first.

Fire crews remained on scene Wednesday morning to extinguish hotspots.

Investigators will work to determine the cause of the second fire.

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